PS5 colour: Will the PlayStation 5 console be white and black, like the two-tone DualSense controller?

Will the PS5 match up, colour-wise, with the newly revealed DualSense controller?

by Jason Coles

With the reveal of the PS5 DualSense controller, we’ve been introduced to a rather odd-looking white and black almost chunky thing to hold in our hands.

The PS5 controller is both incredibly familiar and also very different when compared to the DualShock 4, and it’s left us with a few questions.

The questions we have are varied and answerless: will the white-and-black PS5 controller be the only option available at launch? Is meant to resemble a white controller that’s wearing a black strappy top? Will the day-one PS5 console match this design?

Bearing in mind the PS5 DualSense controller design, let’s ponder what the corresponding console might look like…

Will the PS5 design be white?

The original PS4 was black; it was sleek, it was svelte, it was stunning. Would the team at Sony break away from that to make a white PS5 design a reality?

It wouldn’t be totally unheard of: after all, some of us bought a PS4 when Destiny came out, and that version of the PS4 was white. And back in the day, the PS1 was an iconic shade of light-ish grey.

It could well be that the PS5 is white, then. Normally a controller matches the console it’s paired with, which would mean a monochromatic design in the console as well as the DualSense.

This could lead to some funky-looking PS5 consoles out in the wild, but there are probably other reasons why Sony would want to lead with this style of design.

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How will the PS5 design stand out?

The main aim is standing out. In a world of electronics and gadgets, a lot of them go for black as a way of looking cleaner.

It’s far easier to ignore the fingerprints your toddler left on your shiny new console if the console is pitch black.

Of course, that assumes that the fingerprints aren’t porridge, but that’s not the point. The main competition for Sony is Microsoft, and Microsoft has already shown that the Xbox Series X will be a black obelisk of a machine.

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Are we heading back to that lighter colour pallet?

Given that Sony wants to make a splash here, they want to be a little rebellious, and releasing the first wave of PS5 consoles in white would be very striking indeed.

Few TV stands are white, which would make the PS5 this alluring oddity sitting at the centre of your entertainment hub, just calling out and waiting to be played.

It makes far more sense for them to lean into this aesthetic and just own it, rather than having the DualSense contrast with the console itself. Who knows, though? Sony staff, probably. The rest of us will just have to wait and see…

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Jason Coles